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The Porthole

The Porthole in Portland, ME, serves a hearty breakfast of omelettes, corned beef hash, and buttermilk pancakes, and clam chowder, seared crab cakes, fish and chips, and Maine lobster for lunch and dinner. Wharfside deck seating is dog friendly and overlooks the bay. Visit Website

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The Porthole has received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 bones by 31 canine critics on BringFido and 4.0 out of 5 by 773 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Abby
    Feb 1, 2024
    Dog Friendly - be aware theres loud music

    Very dog friendly here! Come for lunch or brunch on the deck. Be aware at night they often have live bands that is loud for the pups

  • Angie
    Sep 23, 2023
    Stopped for drinks

    We didn’t order food. My blueberry Margarita was good. The hostess didn’t seem friendly and no water offered for our pup.

  • Katie
    Aug 22, 2023
    Highly recommend

    we sat down and they brought us and our pup water. She even got her own dish to use! Great food too

  • Kristen
    Aug 19, 2023
    Great spot on the water

    Fun place to hang out. Food and drinks were good. The staff was very friendly and loved the dog. He had 2 bowls of water delivered to him within minutes of sitting down. Highly recommend if you are looking to take your dog out for lunch/dinner!

  • Angie
    Aug 8, 2023
    Great place to bring the girls!

    Super dog friendly, great food and wonderful staff and owner!

  • Charlotte
    Jun 21, 2023
    Watch out for Tuesday nights

    awesome spot with good food. we went on a Tuesday night, they have live music and a crowded outdoor bar. to get to the outdoor seating you’ll need to walk your dog through the outdoor bar which was really loud and crowded. our dog didn’t care but something to consider with more timid dogs or dogs sensitive to loud noises.

  • Stephanie
    Sep 28, 2022
    Good location, staff could have been better

    The location was great and food was good. Most of the staff was very friendly to my dog however the hostess seemed fearful and not welcoming to our dog.

  • Laurie
    Aug 19, 2022
    Great atmosphere

    omg great, server great atmosphere, lots of seating!!! staff love animals!! bowls are supplied!

  • Brittany
    Jul 8, 2022
    Great Spot!

    very accommodating for our dog. would suggest! great bloody Mary’s

  • Valerie
    Jun 29, 2022

    super dog friendly and great with their humans too. immediately offered us water for the babies and respected the “do not pet” on their vests (they’re in training) multiple team members checked in on our pups throughout our experience and our server was fantastic. we ordered the avocado fries which blew us away - we thought we made ours at home pretty well but, wow - the fish tacos (their homemade pineapple salsa is straight fire) and the fried clams. the fried clams came out very over cooked and our amazing service immediately came over, took them back, and brought us something different. working in hospitality I know that it’s all about how you handle a situation and they crushed it. definitely come here for an outdoor bite on the water with your furry bestie.

  • Ashley
    Apr 18, 2022
    Very pet friendly!

    Dogs are allowed on the outdoor patio here which overlooks the bay. We visited twice with our dog and both times the wait staff were so friendly and welcoming to our dog. They brought her a large water bowl both times and gave her pets and hugs each time they passed by our table. We were able to sit at one of the picnic tables which was a little further removed from the other tables to give our dog a bit of room to walk around. Would highly recommend for dog owners!

  • Bradley
    Jul 24, 2021
    Lots of dogs and people!

    great places for dogs outside on the deck! if your dog doesn’t do well w big crowds and lots of dogs stay home!

  • Julia
    Jul 2, 2021

    This place is above and beyond dog friendly! They’re super accommodating and have large tables that can easily fit a large dog underneath. They gave a giant bowl of water and a our server gave our doberman, Ell, lots of pets and loves. Would recommend!!

  • Pat
    Aug 14, 2020
    Great Staff!

    When we were served drinks, our pup was given a bowl of water. when our meal was served he got a biscuit. I can’t say enough about how sweet the staff was!

  • Kristen
    Jul 28, 2020
    Dog Friendly Water View

    We had a great experience with our pup. Sat at a high table on the deck with a nice umbrella. Nice view, great food, friendly staff. They have nice big dog bowls for ice water. Would recommend.

  • Tenni
    Jul 26, 2020
    Very dog friendly

    We visited the Porthole for lunch and our waitress immediately brought a water bowl for Winston upon us seating down. The picnic tables provide good shade as do the umbrellas.

  • Michael
    Sep 26, 2019
    Our Favorite Portland Restaurant

    On the wharf, the huge deck gives a great view of all the activity going on in the harbor. They love dogs. We saw more tables with dogs than tables without dogs. We celebrated our 50th anniversary dinner there, which was a Sunday. Service was prompt and courteous. Wait staff came and visited with the dogs. Water and a water dish was provided for the dogs. Staff made sure the water dish stayed full. We went about 3 pm for a late lunch (early dinner) and there was no wait. Plenty of food and drink choices. Great special - two 1 1/2 lbs lobster, corn, potatoes, roll, drawn butter. Highly recommend.

  • Alexandra
    Sep 11, 2019
    Beautiful Spot, Great Food

    This place is so dog friendly! We sat outside on the deck/pier overlooking the water. Very accommodating to our boy, Toby- brought him a bucket of water and a few of the wait staff HAD to meet him. The food is exceptional here also. We both had seafood and it was fresh and delicious. Wish we lived closer- The Porthole would be one of our usual spots. Can't say enough about this place- 5 star experience!

  • David
    Aug 18, 2019
    Great Place For Dogs

    Very dog friendly and many dogs on the deck.

  • Carron
    Jul 16, 2019
    Beautiful night out

    Visited here our last night in the area. Loved the huge outside deck, music, food, and our server being great with our dogs. Was a great experience overall, very pet friendly and felt welcome with the dogs in tow.

  • Ria
    Sep 4, 2018
    Nice patio with water views

    Patio was great. Loved the water views. No wait for a table. Food came fairly quickly. Staff was friendly to our dog. But food was about average. Our waiter didn't know beers so he wasn't able to recommend one. I ordered wine. They give you plastic cup for a wine.

  • Peter
    Aug 25, 2018
    Cooper Loved It

    On a warm and sunny August afternoon, the staff was especially accommodating by letting us sit with our Bernese Mountain Dog at a picnic table in the shade that’s normally part of the bar area. They treated him like a king: a BIG bowl of water, and... a complimentary plate of chicken fingers (which they gave to US of course to feed to Cooper).

    Well, you can’t have more fun than that if you’re a dog.

    The food was fine, if not really outstanding, the kitchen was glacially slow. The drinks were priced reasonably.

    We’d definitely go back... because they treated our dog so great.

  • Brian
    Aug 20, 2018
    Great location

    Went here on a busy summer weekday. 20 minute wait but was worth it. Both the food and the service were very good. The waiter brought our puppy a bowl of water and refilled it a few times without having to ask. We sat on the deck overlooking the wharf. Our puppy loved looking at the water below. Would definitely eat there again

  • Jen
    Aug 17, 2018
    Busy but good place

    We went 8/17/18 around 1:30 and had to wait 45 minutes. But staff was friendly and food was good. Our dog is timid so it was a bit busy for her but she had a big bowl of water.

  • Christina
    More than a year ago
    Great Food and Even Better Service

    The Porthole has a big deck right on the water with picnic tables and high tops. Staff was super friendly and couldn’t wait to give our dog a bowl of water and treat! Breakfast was delicious, seafood very fresh, and fast service. We even went here for a drink one night while waiting for a table to open up at Boone’s next door

  • Jess
    More than a year ago
    awesome patio for pups

    This place has a huge patio that had lots of other dogs, so our dog loved it. The staff was super friendly and brought a water dish for him. The food was great and they had a large beer selection. Definitely recommend!

  • Richard
    Jun 27, 2018

    What a great stop... had no problems lobster dinner was wonderful and took both of our Irish wolfhounds...

  • Stephanie
    May 27, 2018
    Great breakfast with our puppy!

    We went for breakfast on a drizzly Saturday morning at 830am. The deck had plenty of tables and the waitresses loved on our puppy the whole time! They brought him a water bowl and offered him some bacon. The human breakfast food was also good. Accessibility wise, the ramp to get to the deck is difficult to get up even for a fit wheelchair user. The bathrooms are accessible - but note that the paper towel and soap dispensers are very high (not ADA compliant).

  • Laura
    More than a year ago
    Best breakfast spot

    We visited last weekend with our Bernese Mountain Dog and LOVED this spot! Their breakfast was one of the best meals we had all weekend - try the Casco Bay Omelette, you won't be disappointed. The deck was perfect in the morning with a gorgeous view of the water and perfect little tables with a good place to tie our dog. The staff was wonderful, and even brought our dog a dish full of ice water and some treats. There was plenty of shade, and both patrons and staff were very friendly. We visit from Connecticut often, and will definitely be stopping in here again!

  • Manon
    More than a year ago
    Road trip stop

    The Porthole was a wonderful reason to get the highway from a long trip in the car. Very dog friendly, they offered water bowls, great touch.

  • Nikki
    More than a year ago
    great service for us and dogs

    They had a nice big deck and put us at the back side so the dogs were comfortable and not surrounded by people. They brought us a big bowl of water. The staff was very dog friendly as there were three people from the staff that came and pet and loved on our dogs. The food and beer was good. The waitress knew about the beer and was able to explain the beer from the local area. Nachos, burger, fried shrimp and lobster Mac n cheese were ordered by us and our teen boys. Everything was good tasting

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